Unsurprisingly it was last season's Bundesliga top-scorer Alexander Meier who scored the first hat-trick of the 2015/16 season, even if it was rather surprisingly the first of his career - © gettyimages
Unsurprisingly it was last season's Bundesliga top-scorer Alexander Meier who scored the first hat-trick of the 2015/16 season, even if it was rather surprisingly the first of his career - © gettyimages
Bundesliga

'Phenomenal' Meier back in the groove

Frankfurt – "Phenomenal" is a word often heard after matches Alexander Meier has played in, and Saturday was no exception.

The 32-year-old attacking midfielder returned from a five-month injury lay-off with a swift reminder of his talents, doing so in sensational style. In Eintracht Frankfurt's 6-2 win over 1. FC Köln, the 2014/15 Bundesliga top scorer hit the ground running with a hat-trick – the first in the top flight this season.

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After hitting 13 braces among his 104 goals in 296 games for Eintracht, the Hessian club's 'Fussballgott' ('Football God'), as he is affectionately known by Eagles fans, now has a Bundesliga treble to his name. As club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen put it, he is indeed "simply phenomenal".

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